Barbara Bush's summer town honors her with garden

September 29, 2011
Former first lady Barbara Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in her honor, Thursday, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine. A local group donated Ganny's Garden – Barbara Bush'  grandchildren call her Ganny – on the town green. It features flowers, greens and 17 trees in honor of the Bushes' 17 grandchildren. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Former first lady Barbara Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in her honor, Thursday, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine. A local group donated Ganny's Garden – Barbara Bush' grandchildren call her Ganny – on the town green. It features flowers, greens and 17 trees in honor of the Bushes' 17 grandchildren. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is a former CIA director who knows how to keep a secret. That helped him pull a fast one on his wife, Barbara.

The 86-year-old former first lady was surprised Thursday by the dedication of a garden in her honor on the village green in the Maine town of Kennebunkport. They have a summer home there.

The former president was already there when Barbara Bush arrived to find about 100 people under a white tent. Spokesman Jim Appleby says they had concocted a ruse about a ceremony at their office to get her dressed up but clueless to the real event.

The garden features flowers and one tree each in reference to their 17 grandchildren.